Massachusetts is a diverse landscape of coastline and beaches, forests and woods, farmlands, rivers and lakes, and mountainous regions. It also has a rich and diverse food system – from varied agriculture, to innovative food processing facilities, to initiatives to improve the health and affordability of food in its communities.
From urban to rural cities and towns, Massachusetts reflects and celebrates the diversity of culture that uniquely exists within its borders. It produces and it fishes! On its land, we raise poultry, beef and lamb. From its land, we harvest strawberries in June, asparagus in May and cantaloupe in August. From its surrounding waters, we fish shrimp in February and blue fish in June.
Creating conditions for a thriving food system that is economically viable; fair, just and equitable; and ecologically sound is the ultimate goal – a food system that serves all its residents.